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a threat to u.s. national security and to international peace and security. and he continued the u.s. remains vigilant in the face of north korean provocations and steadfast in our defense commitments to allies in the region. obviously ther obvious obviously, there is grave concern. the north koreans are saying they have a different type of weapon, more sophisticated, more powerful. what is happening right now is that the u.s. and international organizations are monitoring what they -- what they can from this test. they are sending the united states, sending planes aloft and what they do, they have sensors on them, and they try to sniff the air in a way and figure out exactly what kind of explosion that was. because there are a couple of different types of explosions, and depending on that, we could find out how much they can do of testing in the future and perhaps create a bomb. soledad. >> jill dougherty, thank you, jill. ahead, we'll talk to gordon chang, author of "nuclear showdown." we'll discuss that, straight ahead and iran announcing its converting about 20% of enriched urani
of the u.s. embassy in ankara so we're going to be following that for us as well as she heads in for her last day and john kerry begins his first day at the state department. >> you have to say right up 'til the end she is dealing with serious issues and ensures that security around the world in our embassies are one of the hallmarks of her tenure at state. >> this morning we've been talking about the possible suspects, hezbollah, iran, syria, also al qaeda, the suspects in benghazi bombing fled to turkey after that bombing. >> lots of suspects in this. thanks guy, appreciate it. we get to "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. >> hi, soledad. stories we're watching right now in "the newsroom" the blast felt around the world. suicide bomber strikes just outside the u.s. embassy in turkey. we have the latest on this developing story. >>> mistakenly freed a convicted murderer on the loose, the latest on the frantic search to find him. >>> popular cough and cold syrups you may have in your cupboard are being recalled because the caps on the bottles aren't child proof enough. p
say they do not have the capability to make a bomb. >> well, zoraida, it will be days before the u.s. has a very good handle on the size of the explosion, the size of the payload, but at first glance what u.s. officials are very concerned about are north korea's claims that it testified a miniaturized nuclear weapon. why is that so concerning? that means they're closer to making a missile that they could launch toward the united states. these types of dplier tesnuclea moves them closer to mastering the idea. it was expected, officials tell me, that north korea warned the u.s. and china yesterday that a test was eminent. after the test president obama issued a statement. what he said was north korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs constitute a threat to u.s. national security and to international peace and security. we will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our six-party partners,united nations security council and other u.n. member states to pursue this. they will be meeting this morning in an emergency session. my source is telling
and fireworks came together to welcome in the year of the snake. festivities took place in the u.s. and around the world. >>> it's called the biggest night in music industry. we're talking about tonight and talking about the grammys in los angeles. nichelle turner says she's seeing tighter security because of that manhunt. >>> while the mayor of los angeles is making sure the grammys are safe and secure, he's also vowing to find a dangerous ex-cop. that's christopher dorner. a $1 million reward now on the table. let's go straight out to casey wian in los angeles. a record reward now being offered here, right? >> reporter: that's right. and lapd chief charlie beck said, martin, it was remarkably easy to raise the money for that million-dollar reward. the mayor of los angeles saying the money came from corporations, charitable organizations, law enforcement groups, the city, lots of people banding together, showing just how important this effort is to the city of los angeles. here's what the police chief and the mayor had to say at that news conference. >> this is an act, and make no mistake abo
this nuclear test. we're getting this information from the u.s. geological survey which reported a seismic disturbance in north korea. the seismic event was centered near the side of pyeoongyangpyoo previous tests. officials have confirmed seismic activity in north korea. south korea says it detected what it called an artificial earthquake north of its border. the tremor, though, was different from what you might consider to be a normal earthquake. no further information at this stage is known. there's no official confirmation coming from anyone, least of all from pyongyang. north korea as we've been telling you, widely expecting to carry out this nuclear test any day now. pyongyang is expecting to stage a high intensity -- we have anna koran standing by in seoul, south korea, we also have alex in tokyo. let's go to anna koran, who is in seoul for us right now. anna, you're on military maneuvers just a few days ago, with the south koreans and u.s. military there. there is a great deal of preparation in south korea for this event. essentially, given what's happened, what can the south korea
to protect the u.s. from devastating cyber attacks, and china considered one of the biggest offenders. the cyber security company, of course, has been saying it's identified a hacking group in shanghai with ties to china's military and says it watched those hackers systematically steal information from more than 140 companies. china denying any involvement. >>> and police still have no clue who managed to pull off a daring heist at the brussels airport. thieves managed to steal $50 million worth of diamonds from a plane on the tarmac. on monday night, two cars burst through the perimeter fence, the airport, sped towards the plane. authorities say the men were wearing police uniforms and were heavily armed. they were in and out of the airport within minutes. it is cnn's top international news story today. >>> of course, we are talking about the olympic star pistorius. everybody is following this. everybody is talking about this. it is really quite amazing. another night we're going to spend in jail. we don't know the outcome, whether he's going to be released on bail. this is playing o
department cuts, according to this forced budget plan cut. just for some perspective, the u.s. is going to spend $88 billion this year, this year in afghanistan. we're going to have much more on this part of the story coming up later, barbara. thanks very much into here in washington, president obama is doing an end around the national press today. he's taking questions from local tv stations, blaming congress for doing nothing to avoid these forced spending cuts scheduled to take effect in just nine days. so what kind of cuts is the president willing to take? jim acosta confronted the white house press secretary today with that question. jim is joining us now. how did it go? >> reporter: wolf, here we go again. the white house and congress move one day closer to the massive forced spending cuts that go into effect at the end of next week. and even though they both agree it's a problem, they are both busy blaming each other to fix it. the white house sounding the alarm. poor children will be tossed out of classrooms, health services will be slashed, border security will be compromised a
nose at the u.s. and the international community by carrying out a new, more powerful nuclear test. is the first one under kim jong-un, press obama calls it a threat to u.s. security and world peace. the first indication of the underground test came when seismologists detected a tremor in an area not known for earthquakes. >>> in his state of the union speech tonight, president obama will announce 34,000 u.s. troops will be home from afghanistan by this time next year. jake tapper, the first to break the news after talking to sources who know about the president's speech. the move's going to cut the number of troops in afghanistan by more than half. troop reductions will continue through the end of next year. >>> so more than 4,000 people if you can imagine this, stuck on this cruise ship, disabled cruise ship. they are hot. they are hungry. they are holding their noses because toilets are overflowing. folks feeling desperate now. the ship is finally on the move. you have tugboats towing it to mobile, alabama, originally headed to a port in mexico but strong currents pushed it 90 m
to date on all this, this dates back to when lance was riding alongside floyd landis with the u.s. postal service team, and then he comes out with this confession, et cetera, and now this pursuit by the justice department. >> reporter: several years ago that former teammate, floyd landis, in a whistleblower lawsuit filed against lang armstrong and his sports teams and various associates, that was filed a couple of years ago. now lance armstrong's lawyers tell us they have been notified by the department of justice and told that the justice department is joining in on that lawsuit. this is interesting because about a year ago the justice department failed or decided not to pursue any criminal charges against lance armstrong, had given that up before the u.s. anti-doping agency put out its report which led to lance armstrong confessing in that televised interview back in january that, indeed, he had used performance enhancing drugs throughout his cycling career and winning those seven tour de france titles. now this is a move that could cost lance armstrong tens of millions of dollars. what
that dykes had a gun? the bunker was four feet below. >> interestingly enough within we learned through the u.s. military, through a few sources confirmed to cnn, that the military loaned to the fbi high-tech detection device typically used to find homemade bombs in war zones. we do not know if this specifically was used to find that gun. it was on site. there were military members on site. we know those military members would have only been in support roles and were not involved in the raid that went in to save ethan. >> victor blackwell, live for us this morning. thank you very much. >>> new developments in the murders of well-known exnavy s.e.a.l. chris kyle and his friend, chad littlefield at a texas shooting range, police say the suspect, 25-year-old eddie ray routh, an iraq war veteran suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. he had been taken to a mental hospital twice over the past five months after threatening to kill his family and himself. the former marine is currently on so you cried watch on suicide watch. >>> federal records show buses operated by the company call failed mor
a shredding truck was spotted on the property. >>> well, it is official, john kerry now the u.s. secretary of state. he was sworn in yesterday by supreme court justice as the top diplomat. he succeeds hillary clinton. and the now former secretary of state is waking up to a brand new life. but as she herself says, she may be calling up the state department to find out what's going on there. they packed the state department for her farewell. held signs saying thank you and cheered and applauded clinton. cnn's jill dougherty is at the state department. >> reporter: randi, secretary clinton's last day at the office included meetings, farewells, and a crisis. on her last afternoon as secretary of state, an emotional farewell to the state department staff hillary clinton led for four years. >> i will miss you, i will probably be dialing ops just to talk. i will wonder what you all are doing because i know that because of your efforts day after day, we are making a real difference. >> but early friday morning, even before she left her house, reports of a suicide bombing outside the u.s. embassy i
for sending a suicide bomber to the u.s. embassy yesterday. the bomb killed a turkish security guard. alabama's dade county sheriff tells his team has been in constant communication with the man holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker, the man identified as jim dykes allowed police to send down coloring books, crayons and medication to the boy. he killed the bus driver before taking the boy hostage. a murderer is back behind bars after walking out of the jail in chicago. he was on the run for three days before he was captured. he was serving a 60-year murder sentence in an in prison when he was transferred to chicago to face a drug charge. the charge was dropped and he was supposed to return to indiana to serve out the rest of the sentence. but instead, he was let go. a follower of charles manson, may be released from prison. his name is bruce davis, he was sent to prison for his role in the manson family killing. parole was recommended for davis, but now it's up to jerry brown to give final approval. brown has 30 days to decide. >>> the usual roar of subway trains in new yo
for free. i can even drop off free boxes. i wear a lot of hats. well, technically i wear one. the u.s. postal service®, no business too small. well, technically i wear one. google's backyard for the wbing it on challenge.. [fight bell: ding, ding] what's your preferred search engine? search engine, uhh, probably google. if we do a side by side blind test comparison, and you end up choosing google, you get an xbox. i'll bet you the xbox, you bet me your son. well let's look up what you need. okay, i would do the left. yeah? what?! i am a daddy! bing wins it! bing won. bing did win. people prefer bing over google for the web's top searches. don't believe it? go to and see what you're missg. >>> gabby giffords will be at the state of the union address on tuesday a guest of representative ron barber who's placed her in the house. giffords was shot in the head in january 2011 in arizona. six other people were killed. just last month giffords called on congress to enact tougher gun laws. >>> this weekend michelle obama attended the funeral for the 15-year-old chicago honor stu
, dave singer from the u.s. marshals, special agent in charge, tim delaney from the federal bureau of investigations. assistant chief, state of california, department of fish and game and chief bill siegel, california highway patrol. if you have any questions regarding individual or specific questions about their individual investigations, please hold those until all the question and answer period and with that, i introduce sheriff john mcmahan. >> good afternoon. the events that occurred yesterday in the big bear area brought to close an extensive man hunt for a murder suspect, christopher dorner. our deputies in big bear responded to the report of a stolen vehicle with the subject matching the description of dorner. he crashed that vehicle and carjacked a vehicle in the oaks area. the deputies continued searching that area for the new suspect vehicle, the white pick-up truck, as well as dorner. the deputies were able to locate the vehicle, crashed, and he, dorner fled into a vacant cabin. as the deputies were arriving, we believe suspect dorner began firing and ambushed our deput
a scandal hungry press into saying or printing the name of u.s. senator bob menendez, teenage prostitution, and caribbean sex parties all in one sentence? after all, these allegations have been flatly refuted by the senator. >> this is incredible. >> reporter: and now the senator's dominican republic friends are trying to take that denial a step further. demanding a full investigation to find the actual culprit who has been spreading internet rumors for months. >> translator: this is an artificial ghost created especially in order to damage senator menendez, melgen, and myself. >> reporter: benecio castillo, a fourth generation attorney himself, has been named as a party to the, well, parties, and says enough is enough. >> translator: this crime has damaged me and my reputation and my honor. and that's why i have the right to ask an investigation to find out who is behind this crime. >> reporter: the e-mails alleging teenage sex parties and the senator began circulating months ago. even the fbi got ahold of them, but nothing could be confirmed. it appeared the matter was pretty much droppe
picture as we speak, a dedication ceremony is getting under way in the u.s. capitol. it's for a statue honoring the won who refused to give up her seat on a city bus in alabama circa 1955. the nation's first african-american president is due to speak in about 40 minutes and you're going to hear from him live right here on cnn and you can follow the ceremony start to finish on all the dignitaries filing into the capitaocapitol. by the werek it will be a houseful with congressional leaders who will join the president. this is a big deal too. while there are many statues in the capitol there are almost none that are a congressional effort so to speak. many private funds feature statues. this is something congress has done for one of the most important women in american history. >>> but we're going to start with multitudes staying good-bye to a pope. he gives up and resigns the leadership of the roman catholic church. this last hurrah of the benedict, it comes -- benedict xvi comes a day before he terns exclusion as, quote, pontiff emeritus and his cardinals will be scrambling to
the nation's intelligence community had their hands on classified documents, the topic, when u.s. drones can legally kill americans overseas. president obama has agreed to the release only after caving in to the demands of congress. and today, in a senate confirmation hearing lawmakers will grill john brennan, obama's choice to lead the cia and also an architect of the drone program and a vocal supporter. >> we conduct targeted strikes because they are necessary to mitigate an actual ongoing threat to stop plots, prevent future attacks, and to save american lives. >> but it was the killing of an american citizen in yemen that raises all the questions. u.s. drones killed u.s.-born cleric anwar al awlaki, he was tied to the terrorist plots including the underwear bomber but never charged in u.s. court. iran claims it has unlocked the encrypted surveillance images from a spy plane drone. cnn cannot independently verify the authenticity video which is running on iranian state television and youtube. >> translator: this aircraft has had many flights in countries around iran and operations that ha
away from those forced spending cuts that will cut across u.s. defense and domestic programs. you might think it's finally time for congress to get serious about doing something to avoid the potential pain out there. but guess what? you would be wrong. our chief congressional correspondent dana bash is up on capitol hill to explain what is going on. go ahead, dana. explain. >> reporter: we can now report that those $85 billion in forced spending cuts will kick in by the end of the day tomorrow. why? because congress is the only place that has the power to stop them and they are gone. lawmakers racing down the capitol steps, bolting out of town for a long weekend. this was before noon, a full day before the hammer comes down on forced budget cuts they voted for. is there a concern that you all are going to leave town while these cuts kick in and you won't even be here? >> well, speaker and the leadership will be here and i'm a quick flight away. i go home every weekend to see my family. >> reporter: you're on your way out? are you on your way home? >> yes, ma'am. >> reporter: so you're n
. ♪ stay in the groove with align. >>> the u.s. government is spending about $3.8 trillion this year but if there's no deal by friday night, agencies will have to cut a fraction of that, about $85 billion clarz. so our big question is that, why would that amount have an impact in the overall economy. tom foreman is analyzing that. have you figured it out, tom? >> when you look at the $3.8 trillion, all these different programs out here, if you've cut out this amount down here, 85 billion, how can can that little slice of all this make a difference? one of the reasons it makes a difference, one of the reasons is because washington is not really looking at the whole budget and they haven't for a long, long time because what you have to consider is that all of the entitlement programs are out of the equation and these programs are bigger than all of the other programs. we aren't really cutting a whole budget. we're talking about putting these cuts in part of the budget. if you look at what has happened to entitlements, look at just defense spending. here's defense spending which is way
be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
of tonight's speech especially with the u.s. supreme court revisiting section five of the voting rights act february 27th. this is a huge issue affecting americans. >> congressman what do you think? >> state of the union is almost like the old story emperor's clothes. you say how wonderful everything is. >> state of the union is strong. >> the american people realize they need jobs and the most important thing they want this country to come back together again. i hope the president is listening to this show. >> can you see up jobs, tee up one side? >> no. >> they want to hear we're turning back this heavy tax and heavy regulation but the most important the president could come out tonight and say we want to bring this country back together. >> there are districts where that is not what they want to hear. that's the fundamental problem. we went through president bush of deregulation and cutting taxes and that did not create jobs. we have a larger structural problem it's not clear either party really knows how to address and that is above all what americans want some answer on that. >> what a
he's bringing home 34,000 u.s. troops, 34,000 troops, gone from afghanistan, by this time next year, 2014. that, do the math, cuts the force by a little more than half, so you will have 32,000 u.s. troops still in afghanistan into 2014. stay tuned. because we will hit on this a little later, this major troop withdrawal from afghanistan. i want to talk now about tonight, about the state of the union, about gun control. and, yes, ted nugent. >> if barack obama becomes the president in november, again, i will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. >> that man, ted nugent, says he will come to the speech tonight unarmed, not a bad idea, but here you have prominent gun right supporter, how do i say this, known to be a little excitable? you with me. he'll be right there in that regal house chamber for tonight's state of the union. ted nugent will be the guest of steve stockman, house republican. stockman, from texas, says ted nugent's a patriot. here is more of ted nugent, again, speaking last april. >> our president and attorney general, our vice president, hillary clinton, th
this, terrorists have put together a list of ways to avoid becoming the target of a u.s. drone attack. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." . >>> we begin with yet another sensational turn of events in the oscar pistorius murder case. after a week of shocking and sometimes heartbreaking testimony, pistorius is now out of jail. the one-time olympic athlete who is known worldwide as the blade runner still faces charges of murdering his girlfriend on valentine's day. cnn's robyn curnow is joining us. update our viewers, robin. >> reporter: hi there. thanks for having me. can you believe it, it's only eight days ago that oscar pistorius admitted to shooting his girlfriend on valentine's day. it's been such a roller coaster ride for all of us watching this tragedy, slowly learning about all of these new details and one part of the story which is certainly not over did come to some conclusion today as os star pistorius walked out of court and is spending the night at a family home. take a look at this. a media frenzy on a road at rush hour. cameras trying to see what's behind t
in u.s. history is dead. 38-year-old chris kyle was killed with 35-year-old chad littlefield at a gun range near ft. worth, texas, of the man accused of the killing has been identified as eddie ray routh. he's now in custody facing two counts of capital murder. number two in alabama where police are keeping contact with a man at the center of a hostage standoff. jimmy lee dikes holding a 5-year-old boy in his underground bunker. it is now the sixth day of the standoff. he allowed police to deliver comfort items for the young boy like potato chips and toys. >>> a man accused of raping and killing an indian student on a new delhi bus pleaded not guilty. it sparked mass protests and marked changes against sex crimes. the defendants could face the death penalty. their trial starts tuesday. a sixth attacker is a juvenile and will be tried separately. number for the man who said he was jumped by grammy winner chris brown won't press charges or even sue. rising r & b start frank ocean said on his facebook page, he will choose sanity and drop the matter. it was a fight over a parking space at
as crews try to keep up with the fallen power lines. >>> that blizzard is stopping the u.s. postal service. mail service has been suspended in connecticut, maine, massachusetts, new hampshire, rhode island, vermont, and areas north of new york city due to weather conditions. but we do also have some good news for airline passengers. airlines at jfk international and laguardia are expected to resume some passenger flights soon. newark flights are not expected to begin until at least noon due to the runways being down overnight. >>> how about this -- more than 1,890 flights canceled today according to flight aware tracking. boston's logan airport closed until 3:00 eastern. and bradley airport in connecticut remains closed, too. >>> here are some other stories we've been watching this morning. in california search teams are trying to find and bring in an ex-cop and suspected killer, christopher dorner. he's still at large, possibly in the resort area of big bear lake. dorner is the accused or is accused, rather, of killing three people in revenge for losing his "dream job" with the lapd. he a
tattooing when he was a u.s. army medic in south korea back in the 1980s. >> my friend richie would get these guys to come get tattooed and we would split the money. it was a fair source of income at that time. >> he liked it so much, he decided to make a career out of it. he opened up a shop in maryland tattooing the usual dragons and cross bones. never did he dream that one day he would use his love of tattoos to solve a problem that has eluded the world's best surgeons for years. >> when i had the opportunity to do a portrait of a nipple on a lady, i did, and it changed things in the industry a little bit, i think. >> for susan mcmillon, he's also erased some of the taboo around tattoos. >> my parents always said you will never have a tattoo. do not come home with a tattoo. i then told my children over my dead body will you have a tattoo. and of course i have to laugh because i have the tattoos now. and i love it. >> anderson cooper 360 starts now. >>> erin, thanks very much. a lot happening tonight. the worst tornado some have seen in years. a pope resigns, which hasn't happened in
the beaches, there are naturally going to be more attacks. >> it's been 557 days since the u.s. lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? jobs are key to the economic recovery. they said we have been making progress but warned a prosperous job market is going to take years to come. >> and now the paternos fighting back. a new report commissioned by the family called an investigation into the penn state sex scandal factually wrong, speculative and fundamentally wrong. they hired three experts to rebut the penn state report that claimed that paterno and three other officials famed to protect children from being abused by former coach jerry sandusky. hout front is jay paterno, and dick thornburg, one of three experts hired by the paterno family. great to see both of you, and good to see you, jay. thank you so much for coming in. you have put a lot of time into this report. you feel that your father was wronged. this has become a cause for you. >> well, the report had a couple aims. one was to get to the ruth. and i think that's more important than anything. and a second thin
on in the u.s., phil. is russia considering something like that? have you heard anything? >> reporter: russia is certainly very worried about asteroids that pose a threat to the planet. but much of the scientific opinion that has been expressed here and around the world over the last 24 hours or so is that meteors of the size that were seen here are not easily detected or prevented. scientists say they enter the atmosphere quite routinely. but usually it takes place over the ocean or less populated areas or whatever noise they create, it simply goes unnoticed. what makes this such a rare event is it took place over this very sizable city, susan. >> i can't imagine seeing that, the fear and panic they felt. phil black, thank you, appreciate it. >>> to the scene now, this didn't take long. a passenger stranded with thousands of others aboard the disabled carnival "triumph" is suing carnival for negligence, fraud, and emotional distress. calls the ship, quote, a floating hell and floating toilet. she says she was forced to walk through feces to get to long lines for food. carnival cannot comment
their justice system is similar to the u.s., but there are plenty of big differences and you'll hear about those coming up p. >>> and another big story we're folk here in the united states, a ferocious snowstorm paralyzing a huge section of the country. dumping snow from kansas to michigan, all across the region. schools are closing, flights grounded. it will be a real mess out there. cars sliding across icy roads. >> and this scene in chicago pretty typical. there have been hundreds of accidents. in oklahoma, one was deadly, a teenager reportedly killed when his truck crashed. >> conditions in kansas also pretty treacherous. more than 14 inches of snow fell in wichita. only one other storm in the city's history was worse. that was more than 50 years ago. >> let's go to wichita. how are people dealing with this much snow? >> reporter: well, most schools and universities in kansas and missouri are closed today. businesses throughout the region were closed all yesterday. they opened a lot later today. and the kansas government also started a little later today, around 10:00. usually they're in ear
the academy award for best picture in the u.s. ladies her first gown was a hit but not so much in iran. >> this is interesting. the iranian news agency made a virtual alt rateration, raising neck line, before circulating the image. it was considered too revealing for those in iran. >> this is of course before announcing the best picture, mrs. obama wore the dress to a white house dinner for the nation's governors as far as we know did not complain about the gown. and it was "argo," seen by iran, being anti-iranian. >> it was gorgeous. >> yeah. it was lovely. all right. that will to do it for me. thanks for watching "around the world." carry on. >> i'll carry on. >> see you tomorrow. >>> spending cuts on the way, jobs on the line. the president speaking at a virginia shipyard in a few minutes. his latest effort to pressure congress over the forced spending cuts that will take effect in three days. $85 billion in cuts. but republicans say enough with the scare tactics. they say it's time to get serious about reducing the country's massive debt. >>> and air travel a mess for millions of f
in washington in syrian policy. a u.s. official familiar with the deliberations said the issue is dead, at least for now. >>> john brennan, the president's pick to be the next cia director getting drilled at his confirmation hearing. he was pressed the targeted killing of terror suspects, including u.s. citizens. >> i think there's a misimpression on the part of some american people who believe that we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressio transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative. >> the brennan hearing was interrupted several times by protesters. at one point, senator diane feinstein stopped the proceedings and actually had the room cleared. >>> all right. too close for comfort. scientists at nasa say a giant asteroid, about half the size of a football field, is headed our way. they predict it will pass very close to earth on february 15th. no closer than about 17,100 miles. it's one of many large space objects barrelling toward us at the very moment. experts say all of them,
this document to be filed in the u.s. attorney in washington d.c. and it has to do with the allegation over misuse of campaign funds. the investigation also takes in his wife sandy in chicago who served as his campaign manager. >> lynn sweet, thank you very much. much more coming up. also, we'll hear from the president in chicago. i'm brooke baldwin. listen to jim acosta in for wolf in washington. hey, jim. >>> thanks, brooke. happening now, look up in the sky. a fireball and a shocking reminder that planet earth is spinning around in a very unpredictable neighborhood. back on dry land and already heading to court, we have details of the first lawsuit filed by a passenger who says the cruise line's negligence turned their vacation into a nightmare. >>> and the "blade runner" goes to court and cries uncontrollably. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm jim acosta. you're in the situation room. we are starting in chicago where right now president obama's about to take the stage to talk about two of the top priorities from his state of the union speech, jobs and guns. we expect him to connect the nee
slamming the u.s. government for saying it has the right to stage drone strikes against u.s. citizens perceived to be "imminent terror threats." >>> and first lady michelle obama is part of a group of washington dignitary who have returned home to chicago to say good-bye to hadiyah pendleton, the 15-year-old band majorette and athlete shot and killed in chicago just days after performing for the obama inauguration. cnn's thooena jones is on the south side of check at the funeral. athena, you've had a chance to talk with some family and friends. what are they saying? >> well, you know, we've been viewing the ceremony from our truck out here. we have a live feed in. this has been a very emotional day certainly for hadiyah pendleton's friends and family and particularlial last half hour or so. we've seen more than a dozen young people, many of them young women who described themselves as best friends of hadial pendleton and a few young men talk about what she was like, a common theme is she smiled a lot. that she was a mentor and filled with laughter. let's listen to what one of these yo
talked to that navy s.e.a.l. in a few minutes. and the u.s. coast guard coming down to the rescue to help a cruise strip stranded in the gulf of mexico. more than 4200 passengers and crew all stuck on a carnival cruise line try ump that is getting as can you imagine a little funky, a little uncomfortable. a woman on board tells us that the toilets not working any more. a fire broke out on the ship yesterday, and was headed back to texas. that ship will be towed to the nearest port in mexico. >>> he's the leader of more than 1 billion catholics worldwide. pope benedict xvi says he no longer has the strength the job requires. he is resigning end of the month. he became the pope in 2005, he had to deal with a string of scandals, including new allegations of sexual abuse by priests, i want to bring in our senior vatican analyst and the renged and editor of catholic magazi magazine. many are saying this is historic, haven't had a pope resign in 600 years, do we think it's more to it than health and vpsing age of this one? >> reporter: hi, suzanne we had a briefing with a vatican spokesperson t
-a grt deal just got a whole lot better. hurry. $14.95 won't last. . >>> the u.s. army revoked a promotion for the former mistress of david petraeus. she is a major in the army reserve and had been approved by the promotion and the lieutenant colonel since the petraeus scandal under investigation for having classified information. the tsa is apologizing to a 3-year-old girl in a wheelchair. she has spina bifida and they were on their way to disneyworld when security agents said they needed to do a pat-down and swab her wheelchair. >> i don't want to do that. >> lucy sobbed and said she no longer wanted to go to disneyworld. her outraged mother shot this video with her cell phone and the security worker objected saying it was illegal to videotape the procedures. here's the apology saying they regret inaccurate guidance was provided during the screening and offers the apology. we maintain the security of the traveling public and strive to treat all with dignity and respect. while no pat-down was performed, we will address specific concerns with our workforce. renee is joining us
, why the stakes for u.s. global engagement are so high. >> today's global world, there is no longer anything foreign about foreign policy. more than ever before, the decisions that we make from the safety of our shores don't just ripple outward. they also create a current, right here, in america. >> reporter: former high-level diplomats say the eyes of the world will be on kerry and where he flies. >> first trips by an american secretary of state overseas are watched very closely. there's a lot of symbolism attached to them. people look for clues as to which region is most important to the united states. >> reporter: his predecessor, hillary clinton, headed east for her first trip. part of the obama administration's pivot to asia. kerry's trip goes to nine countries. italy, turkey, france, egypt, saudi arabia, the united arab emirates and qatar. he needs european support in the ongoing dispute over iran's nuclear ambitions. and for any next steps to help the syrian opposition. already, the opposition coalition, angry over not getting the military arms they want, is refusing to atten
. he was scheduled to run in australia, brazil, the u.s., the uk and russia. while pistorius is in court on tuesday for a bail hearing, reeva's family says they'll be a memorial service for her as producers of her reality show released this farewell message from her, meant to be to the cast, but which now becomes her last words, her last good-bye. >> i take with me so many amazing memories and things that are in here and in here that i'll treasure forever. i'm going to miss you all so much. i love you very, very much. >> what a sad story that is. robyn kurnow reporting for us. we'll have more on that later here in "the situation room" as well. other news we're following including some painful budget cuts that will be felt by all of us. they're not only days away, they could affect you in some unexpected ways. plus, senator john mccain is alleging a massive cover-up on the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. >> so it's the state department's fault? who would you blame? who is responsible then? i've always had to keep my eye on her... but, i didn't always wa
this today. >> i imagine they will. the u.s. conference of bishops, they have been very vocal on this but put out a press rele e release. it gets very complicated. >> insurance companies footing the bill. how are any feeling about that? >> well, two parts of that. one, insurance companies know that when you give a woman birth control, you end up saving a lot of money in the end, right? not paying for her pregnancy, not paying for the birth, not paying to take care of the child, once the child is born. they know they'll save money. another thing is that in some cases, insurance companies have to -- that have to pay fees to the federal government for obama care, they won't have to pay some of those fees. >> they won't. >> right. so that's where it gets complicated. insurance companies, they haven't put out their official statement yet but they're financially taken care of to a great degree in this plan. >>> we're hearing secretary of state hillary clinton has just turned in her resignation. and any minute now she is expected to say good-bye, one last time. we'll show it to you live. love about
picture in the u.s., the first lady=í gown was, of course, a huge hit. was not the case in irane1iant(h wardrobe adding sleeves, raising the neck line on thee1çó glitte gown before circulating the image in iran. presumably it was a bit too revealinp for their culture, t before announcing best picture winner, mrs. obama,q she wore that dress to a white house dinner for the nation's governorsfá and, of course, the were no complaints. it was a gorgeous gown. >>> "cnn newsroom" continues right now. >>> it is the real life armageddon t(movie. scientists hope to crash a spaceship into an asteroid, all to prove we can be saved. the news is now.g a hot air balloon, full of pa&h% tourists, crashes to e1earth. but why? >>> plus, the bi >> we should notfá have to move third bill before the senate getse1 off their -- and begins do something. >> accusations fly just three days before automatic cuts hit ) rrñu and -- ♪ who let the dogs out >> investigatorskoo7o looking this kid's parents, a 10-year-old rapper whose video is raising a fewó[ so is the criticism fair? we're on it. i'm broo
% of the u.s. housing market. so that will be a critical read on recovery in the housing market and also a fresh look the consumer price index. we know that gas prices are squeezing. gas prices are 20 cents high they are week than they were the same time last year. 20 cents higher. and you're taking less out of your paycheck because of payroll tax holiday expired. for those of you really worried about gas prices in new york and chicago. you're going to hit $4 a gallon earlier than we ever have in the year. so brace yourself there. also brace yourself if you're a federal worker. you're facing a furlough, unpaid days off. you can blame the sequester. a controller for the office of management and budget said this won't happen until after march 1st. that's when the massive spending cuts begin if congress doesn't act the sequester. federal employees must give a 30-day notice before furlough. unions that represent the workers right now having a big part in how that's going to happen and when. but there are 2.1 million federal employees that fall under this cost cutting measure. so tough choice
bin laden from the u.s. navy s.e.a.l. who took him out. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- >>> all that coming up, but there's also developments happening right now in southern california. frayed nerves and a cold trail, as investigators search for the fired los angeles police officer christopher dorner who's declared war on the police, now wanted in the murders of three people. we're standing by for a news conference. the prosecutor is going to be giving us new information. let's check in with cnn's miguel marquez in los angeles for an update. do police have any serious clues right now? >> reporter: it's not for lack of trying. they are trying to create those clues. they say they have 600 clues that hundreds of investigators are trying to pile through. right now, people are very nervous across the entire state. nervous students return. schools finally reopened in big bear. >> there's a bad guy on the loose and we don't want to get shot by him. >> reporter: today, it's security, along with students. >> today we feel much better.
a torrent of withering fire upon a remote u.s. outpost in eastern afghanistan. combat out post keating sat at the bottom of a valley that was both beautiful and deadly. it was one of the most valnerable bases in afghanistan. >> when you look at the manual and look in to find the definition of finding a defensible spot, this is the total opposite of it. >> the attack so fierce in the end more than half of the 53 u.s. troops at the outpost were killed or wounded, but as buildings burned and the enemy ran freely through the outpost, soldiers became heroes. one in particular. >> i know that there's so many great soldiers out there that would have stepped in to my shoes and done the same thing. >> real american hero. you can catch jake tapper's report tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern. thanks very much for watching. we'll see you again. piers morgan tonight starts now. >>> tonight, a chilling murder manifesto. the threat to bring unconventional and assim ymmetr war fare. the suspect, one of their own. >> of course, he knows what he's doing. we trained him. >> among the many people he flamed, will b
is hitting the u.s. up to 15 inches of snow fell across parts of seven upper midwest states. minnesota and the dakotas are taking the biggest punch. meanwhile, residents in the northeast continue to dig out from this weekend's massive blizzard. up to 40 inches of snow fell in hamden, connecticut. about stwoo feet of snow is on the ground in boston and new york. >>> about 20 survivors of gun violence including gabby giffords and her husband, are expected to be in the audience for tomorrow night's state of the union address by president obama. each survivor will be a guest of a member of congress. giffords survived a shooting in tucson two years ago. president obama is expected to talk about his bush for gun legislation, as well as jobs, the economy and more tomorrow night. >>> former staff sergeant clint romesha will also be a guest at the state of the union address. romesha was awarded the medal of honor for courageous actions during a nearly 13-hour firefight in afghanistan that left eight americans dead. romesha's son colin stole the show. at the ceremony, playing peekaboo at the pre
because they don't want to be viewed as attacking a sick man. >> a group of u.s. lawmakers have gone to mali to meet with politicians there. they told reporters if the country could fully restore democracy, it's likely the united states would renew direct support for the malian army. i spoke to senator croons last months, and he said he wants the united states to invest in building relationships in africa that will increase stability so we don't have a repeat of what's happened in mali. a man pushing for greater engagement there. >> and burger king's website was hacked for an hour today. they sent out very unking like tweets. burgin king acknowledged the hacks and apologized to its f l follow followers, but mcdonald's took to twitter and said they empathize with their counterparts, but they didn't take a part. burger king picks up nearly 30,000 followers on their twitter account. >> it's been 564 days since the u.s. lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? we're going to get key housing data this week. lately, we have seen strong numbers so economists are going
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